Two Senegalese Men Sentenced To Six Months In Prison For Being Gay

Not sure which is worse: being imprisoned for 6 months where your fellow inmates are probably given free reign to harass and/or torture you, or for all of that to happen out in the open, done by your family and friends. We may not have all we want here in the US, but we have it a lot better than folks elsewhere.

Two gay men were arrested after neighbors told police they were living together in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, in West Africa, according to the Associated Press.

After the two men admitted to having sex with each other in court last Friday, Judge Racky Deme sentenced them to six months under Senegal’s criminal code, which could lead to sentences of up to five years and fines of up to $3,000 for committing “an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex,” the AP reports.

Despite the sentencing, Senegalese President Macky Sall insists that gay people are only prosecuted if they break the law.

Last June, President Barack Obama urged African leaders to treat the LGBT community equally during a press conference at the grand presidential palace in Dakar.

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